About Capoeira

In the course of colonization, fundamental elements of Capoeira were brought to Brazil by African slaves and developed over the years. Hidden in music, dance and acrobatics, Capoeiristas secretly practiced a martial art that was designed to prepare them to rebel against their colonial rulers. Capoeira is therefore closely linked to revolutionary ideas and freedom ambition (or aspiration). After the official abolition of slavery in 1888, the exercise of Capoeira was banned by law and only legalized in 1937. Due to its historic character Capoeira was and still is partially marginalized even today. In the meantime, however, Capoeira has been able to establish itself as a trend sport both in the social middle classes of Brazil and internationally among different social levels. Capoeira is virtually a complete cultural experience that has made its way through the world on the back and in the hearts of its protagonists. Since 2014 Capoeira is officially considered a special protected status as „intangible cultural heritage“ of Brazil by UNESCO.